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The Butcher Boy (1917)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy | 23 April 1917 (USA)
Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

Writers:

Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle (story), Joseph Anthony Roach (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle ... Fatty / Saccharine (as 'Fatty' Arbuckle)
Buster Keaton ... Buster
Al St. John ... Alum
Josephine Stevens Josephine Stevens ... Almondine
Arthur Earle Arthur Earle ... The Manager
Joe Bordeaux Joe Bordeaux ... Accomplice (as Joe Bordeau)
Luke the Dog Luke the Dog
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Storyline

Customers and clerks frolic in a general store. Roscoe walks out of the freezer wearing a fur coat, then does some clever cleaver tossing. In Buster's film debut he buys a pail of molasses.

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Short | Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1917 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mészárosfiú See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Comique Film Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Color:

Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of the few films in which Buster Keaton smiles. See more »

Goofs

Buster drops a bucket of molasses on the floor, but as soon as he leaves the store both the bucket and the molasses puddle are gone. See more »

Quotes

Fatty: [continuously chops a piece of meat that weighs the same due to his leaning on the scale] I must be losing my touch. This is a heavy pound of beef.
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Featured in Birth of Hollywood: Episode #1.2 (2011) See more »

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An incredible debut
6 March 2002 | by Damfino1895See all my reviews

While everyone knows that this is Buster Keaton's debut into movies and a taste of genius to come, I find the most incredible fact is that at the start of the day this movie was filmed Buster had no plans to go into movies, he was, in fact, about to start work in a New York theatrical show. He was invited to work on the film by Fatty and basically improvised his very first scene with the props to hand, in this case a barrel of brushes, he had never been in front of a movie camera before and in those days there was very little rehearsal, proof of his natural ability for the moving picture medium.

This is a typical Arbuckle slapstick, very frenetic, but, lots of fun, but, it is mainly a curiousity as it was Keaton's debut. An interesting thing to do is watch all Keaton/Arbuckle movies in the order they were made and see Keaton's increasing influence on them, a real taste of things to come when Keaton was making his own movies.

By the way, as usual Luke the dog comes very close to stealing all the scenes he's in.


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